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|2/10/2011||I had a lumpectomy in 2005 and after brca2 tested positive in 2009 , I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. Met with surgeon yesterday because I felt a lump near original tumor but he said he thought it was probably fat necrosis and then did ultra sound and said let's be safe than sorry so I will get biopsy Monday. Would it be out of the question that it would be cancer after bilateral mastectomy?|
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|2/10/2011||though having mastectomy surgery dramatically reduces the risk of local recurrence a great deal, the risk is not zero. it is usually in the range of 1-3%. those with BRCA 1 or 2 along with women who have had stage III breast cancer are the ones we watch the closest for local recurrence. How aggressive the surgeon was in removing the breast tissue weighs in here as well. sometimes additional residual tissue is left behind. By doing the biopsy, the pathologist will actually be able to tell if the tissue sampled was breast tissue or not (vs fascia or dermis for example.) Glad you saw the doctor. hopefully they will get results back the next day post biopsy (we do) so you have prompt answers. if you need us we are just a click away.L|
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